Regensburg: J.L. Montag und J.H. Gruner, 1772. 1/2 Vellum. 1st Edition. 2 Parts in one 1 volume. Folio (36. 7 x 21.2 cm). Large paper uncut copy. Modern half vellum with old marble paper on new boards. Collation: Part 1 -  1-164 pp.; Part 2- , 80,  pp. + 31 [i.e. 36] leaves of plates (2 folding). Plates numbered continuously, with 2 unnumbered frontispieces and 3 unnumbered plates. This is a complete uncut large papercopy. It appears that the original free endpapers were used as pastedowns for the rebinding. The author/title and date are inscribed in early German script at top and bottom of spine, respectively. The binding is an expertly done recasing of the original text block of an uncut copy. New vellum and old marble paper was used with new boards. The marble paper has minor wear from rubbing. There is an ink inscription on the front pastedown that is not easily read. The text is bright and clean with large margins and uncut edges. The title pages for each part differ in printing with the first being in red and black ink and the second in black only. The text on the title pages is identical except for the notation of which Part follows. The date on the title page for Part 2 is 1772 in contrast to bibliographic citations elsewhere for a 1784 publishing date for the second part (Harvard Arnold Arboretum Collection) but not mentioned for the copy at the Chicago Botanic Garden Collection. The two plates with plain versos are place between the half title and full title for both parts of this book. The two folding plates, p. 148 and p. 162 of the first part, contain images of grafting processes and tools for this (p.148) and rooting and leafing of grafted cuttings (p.162). Plate Acht Tafel is misbound facing page 126 instead of 120. Plate Neun Tafel is behind Acht Tafel and properly positioned for p. 126. The page locator for each plate is indicated in the upper right corner of each plate. It appears that the original binder misread the printing of 120 as 126, which is easy to understand upon careful examination of the plate for p. 120. However, plate "Acht und zwanzigste Tafel" has "67" in the upper right corner, although it is properly placed opposite p. 66. All details of placement of half titles, titles, preliminaries and plates are provided on the last leaf at the end of the book titled "Nachricht an den Buchbinder." All plates, individual and in text, are crisp, bright and with strong inking. Each of the 31 leaves of plates contains descriptive letterpress on verso. The two frontispiece plates have plain versos. This is an excellent scarce copy of a major work that was first issued in 1716/17. The collation of this book corresponds to that in the Chicago Botanic Garden Collection. Very Good +. Item #000058
Although there were earlier editions of Agricola's ideas on tree propaga-tion, they were mainly concerned with fruit trees. In the present separate work described here is a detailed ex -position of different methods to propagate new trees not only from grafting cuttings to roots of same tree, but additional techniques for layering on the tree or in the ground, grafting similar trees of different species to generate new varieties and so on. As such, this is a more significant and expansive study than that done earlier with the addition of two more engraved plates. Agricola was a physician and philosopher who had a keen interest in plant duplication and picked up from Schwimmer on propagating fruit trees by grafting cuttings to roots. This work is his a major botanical contribution to the field of propagation of identical plants from cuttings, grafting, layering in soil or on tree or shrub, and leaves. Of particular interest is Agricola's demonstration duplication of fruit and forest trees by different methods presented in this work. The result is that the orchardist or arborist can have a young sapling available for planting immediately after rooting. To obtain the same sized plant would take several years starting from seed. This had another tremendous advantage for orchard owners for preserving and expanding highly desired species or varieties of fruit trees. The techniques that Agricola perfected served all persons interest in preserving prized arbor collections. The methods Agricola developed and refined as presented in this book made him famous. This is a separate new work from the original German editions published in 1716/17 and 1752. (Arnold Arboretum,p.31; Rheder, III. p. 152).